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Event Planning Checklist

Planning events can be daunting. In fact, we find many of our clients avoided doing so before enlisting our expertise in the matter. From determining who to invite and how to promote the event, to hammering down the logistics, seeing an event through from start to finish is no small feat.

Despite some of the bumps that may be encountered along the way, we always recommend that our clients have an event strategy in place. Events are a great way to connect with prospects face-to-face and for them to sample your community’s offerings. We’ve heard countless stories of prospects who were convinced to deposit after attending a community event.

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 Last year, we provided insights on how to adapt your Facebook campaigns without reducing your ROI based on changes to the platform’s audience targeting. As you may recall, Facebook implemented these updates to ensure the way they were obtaining sensitive information was safe for users and advertisers. Fast-forward to 2019 and multiple ad campaigns later, now seems like the appropriate…

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“Copy is a direct conversation with the consumer” —Shirley Polykoff, American advertising pioneer

As professional marketers, we sometimes forget that advertising is a two-way street. We get frustrated when our customers don’t engage with our products and services and then blame it on them not understanding the value that we’re bringing them. But in reality, we’re the ones to blame. We’ve forgotten how to talk with customers rather than at them.

An increasing number of organizations are investing in developing "voice and tone" as part of their communication strategy, recognizing how important it is to deliver content that consistently supports and reflects their brand. This is especially valuable for 55+ and senior living communities. Having a consistent brand voice and tone can help build trust and affinity with mature consumers, a market that came of age in an era when conversation and face-to-face interaction were the norm.

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Recently, Google has decided to move away from Google+ and started increasing the interactive aspects of its Google My Business platform. Over the last few years, Google has focused on optimizing the search engine results pages (SERPs) for local businesses through Google My Business and its Google Maps features. Now, Google is taking the next step in focusing on the searchers themselves.

In order to keep your listing information up to date and relevant, your organization’s Google My Business account needs to be maintained on a regular basis. Ensuring that all information is accurate within your main business profile is your first priority. This information feeds directly to Google Search and Maps. Once your basic information is accurate, consider implementing additional features offered by the platform.

Generation X

For years we have been strategizing on how to effectively market senior living and active adult communities to the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers. As marketers we’ve developed an understanding for their likes and dislikes, and the ways in which they best receive information.

Many of the world’s biggest brands have shifted their sights to targeting the Millennial demographic and making lifelong customers out of its members. But a few companies have taken a different approach. With Baby Boomers retaining the most spending power among all generations for the foreseeable future, a handful of brands of spotted the opportunities that marketing to baby boomers offers and have adapted their strategy accordingly.

You can apply these same strategies when marketing to Baby Boomers in the senior living industry.